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McConnell Says the NRA Deserves a Voice in Filling a SCOTUS Vacancy

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and many other Republicans have justified their opposition to even holding a hearing on a Supreme Court nominee by saying the American people should be given a chance to weigh in on the matter, but McConnell was a little more specific during his appearance on Fox News Sunday.

McConnell spoke to Fox News host Chris Wallace and implied that the November election wouldn't necessarily be the voice of the people the GOP is looking for.

via ThinkProgress

In response to a question from host Chris Wallace, who asked if Senate Republicans would consider the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court after the election if Hillary Clinton prevails, McConnell responded that he “can’t imagine that a Republican majority in the United States Senate would want to confirm, in a lame duck session, a nominee opposed by the National Rifle Association [and] the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

The American people may speak their mind and elect another Democrat, but it's not over until the NRA and NFIB sing.

One could argue the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) has already had their chance. The NFIB led the charge against Obamacare at the Supreme Court. They lost the case and America reelected President Obama to preserve Obamacare.

Likewise, the American people have overwhelmingly endorsed positions opposed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), such as expanded background checks, but Senator Mitch McConnell and his colleagues have chosen to ignore the American people on this issue among many others.

The GOP's case against confirming or even holding a hearing on a Supreme Court nominee is increasingly muddled and muddied. If the reelection of President Obama and the election of another Democrat does not represent the voice of America, why would the NRA and NFIB?

  • ProudLiberalAlways

    Just who the hell is the NRA all of a sudden? NOWHERE in ANY documents regarding the governance of this country is the damned NRA given any deference for ANYTHING. McConnell, Blow It Out Your ASS!!!

  • swift_4

    The NRA bit is the worst, but can we also note that the term “Lame duck session” seems to have grown somewhat. I’d like someone to get McConnell to explain exactly when a lame duck session starts now.

    • ProudLiberalAlways

      When it’s a pres. you are totally freaked out about, apparently the lame duck session starts the minute you realize that you have FAILED in your one and only stated objective—to make him a one-term president. McConnell is a LOSER.

  • muselet

    The Rs have had five days to come up with an internally-consistent reason for opposing Merrick Garland. Instead, they’ve argued that their opposition is based on principle, then that it’s the nominee, then that it’s the principle except it’s also the nominee, then that the wrong kind of people support him, then that the nominee is opposed by a couple of Righty pressure groups.

    It’s almost as if they have no real reason to oppose Judge Garland. Imagine that.


  • Didn’t you just love the President’s response to this BS McConnell and others are slinging? The people spoke in 2012 when they elected me. Suck on it GOP.

    • Draxiar

      It won’t happen but I would love to see President Obama cut loose and really tell the GOP what he thinks of them.

      • I know! I told my husband if it was me leaving office I should turn to GOP leaders and double flip them off and say “Screw you guys, I’m going home!” Of course, that sounds like something Trump would do and our Prez would never, ever do such thing because he is a classy guy. That’s one of the reasons I like him so much. He’s a better person than I am.

        • ProudLiberalAlways

          Actually, our president is a better person than MOST of us are, which, I think, should be the point! For my pres., I don’t want a guy I’d like to have a beer with, I want someone who is exponentially smarter and more even-tempered than myself.

  • Username1016

    I wonder if Obama could take the issue (of being denied any confirmation hearings) to the Supreme Court?

    • That’s a good question but even if he could it would take too long.

    • i_a_c

      It’s almost certainly an unjusticiable political question.

      • GrafZeppelin127

        ^^^ This.

  • Georgie

    Really, they aren’t even pretending who owns them (GOP) anymore, ugh.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Let’s remember that in the Republican mind, the NRA and the NFIB are “The American People.”